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   Government of the Republic of Fiji

  Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    A Better Fiji through Excellence in Foreign Service

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Media Release

China respects Fiji's sovereignty

June 10: China respects Fiji sovereignty, not like countries that continue to bully Fiji, says the outgoing Chinese ambassador Dr Han Zhiqiang.

Dr Han said China believed Fiji had the right to resolve its own issue as a sovereign nation. China will not take sides in continuously condemning and pressuring Fiji to make decisions like Australia and New Zealand.

“Fiji and China are perfect brothers in the international arena and we respect each other’s sovereignty,” he said.

“My government (China) attaches great importance to our bilateral ties. It is our determined policy and we are committed to do so.

“No matter what may happen in the international politics, China will always be pro –Fiji and support Fiji and treat Fiji like a friend indeed.”

He said Fiji and China could work together to address a lot of issues affecting both countries.

“Fiji and China are both developing countries and face similar challenges and tasks, thus we understand each other,” Dr Han said.      

Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said Dr Han needed to be commended for playing a pivotal role in developing our bilateral relations.

“China’s support to the Engaging the Pacific meeting hosted by our Prime Minister in 2010 and the support for the Melanesian Spearhead Group Summit hosted in March, are instances of China responding to short term needs of Fiji that came outside of any agreed framework of development cooperation, and that this was possible is undoubtedly credited to the efforts of Dr Han,” Ratu Inoke said.

“Development and funding of projects such as the opening of the new Chinese Embassy by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has become a symbol of China’s commitment to Fiji and to the Pacific region.”